Top-ranked Hoosiers roll over Boilermakers
Indiana (23-3, 11-2 Big Ten) bucked the recent trend of No. 1 teams losing and will likely keep the top spot for a third straight week. It also will retain at least a share of the league lead.
The Hoosiers have won eight of their last nine games.
Terone Johnson and Anthony Johnson each had 11 points to lead Purdue (12-14, 5-8), which has lost five of six and became the first team in school history to lose twice to Indiana in the same season by 20 or more points.
Indiana led 21-18 less than nine minutes into the game, extended the margin to 33-14 and never let Purdue get closer than 10 again.
No. 5 Gonzaga 71, San Francisco 61
SAN FRANCISCO — Kelly Olynyk had 26 points and nine rebounds and Elias Harris added 17 points and 13 rebounds to help Gonzaga snap a three-year losing streak at War Memorial Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs’ frontline tandem bullied and bruised their way to a fast start and furious finish. Olynyk finished 13 for 17 from the floor and Harris went 7 of 15 as both keyed an 11-0 run in the final minutes that put the Zags (25-2, 12-0 West Coast Conference) ahead for good.
Cole Dickerson scored 15 points and Cody Doolin added 14 to help the Dons (11-15, 4-9) rally back after trailing by 15 in the first half. Unlike the last three years when USF stunned Gonzaga at home, the Bulldogs regrouped and showed why they’re ranked so high.
No. 7 Florida 83, Auburn 52
AUBURN, Ala. — Mike Rosario scored 22 points, Kenny Boynton had 16 and Florida routed Auburn.
The Gators (21-3, 11-1 Southeastern Conference) raced to a 25-point halftime lead and set a season high with 15 3-pointers on 30 attempts
It matched the worst loss for Auburn (9-16, 3-9) in coach Tony Barbee’s three seasons, tying a 90-59 defeat against Mississippi on Feb. 16, 2011.
The Gators have won their last three SEC games by an average of 24 points since their only league loss at Arkansas.
No. 11 Butler 68, Fordham 63
NEW YORK — Rotnei Clarke scored 22 points and Butler handed Fordham its sixth straight loss and ninth in the last 10 games.
Clarke was the key figure for the Bulldogs (21-5, 8-3 Atlantic 10) late in the game when the Rams (6-20, 2-9) were able to close to 65-63 with 18 seconds to play.
The Bulldogs closed it out by making four of six free throws the rest of the way to improve to 36-10 after a loss under coach Brad Stevens. Butler lost to Charlotte 71-67 on Wednesday.
No. 18 Marquette 79, No. 16 Pittsburgh 69
MILWAUKEE — Vander Blue scored 19 points to help Marquette a share of first place in the Big East.
Blue was 7 of 8 from the field and 3 for 4 on free throws to go with six rebounds for the Golden Eagles (18-6, 9-3), who pulled into a tie with Georgetown atop the conference.
The Golden Eagles, who lost to the Hoyas, 63-55 on Monday, shot 57 percent (26 for 46) to win their 23rd straight home game – the fourth-longest active streak in the country.
Lamar Patterson scored 19 points to lead Pittsburgh (20-6, 8-5), which entered the game fifth in the nation in scoring defense (54.4 ppg).
No. 17 Oklahoma St. 84, Oklahoma 79, OT
STILLWATER, Okla. — Marcus Smart scored 28 points, Le’Bryan Nash added a season-high 26 and Oklahoma State got its third straight down-to-the-wire win at home.
Smart fed Nash for a right-handed slam with 53 seconds left in overtime to put the Cowboys (19-5, 9-3 Big 12) up 80-79, and Oklahoma couldn’t come up with an answer. Markel Brown’s steal led to a fastbreak layup by Michael Cobbins, and Smart blocked Steven Pledger’s attempt at a tying 3-pointer that gave Oklahoma State the ball back with 18 seconds to go.
Smart sealed it with two free throws, and Cowboys fans stormed the court after winning their seventh straight game. The Cowboys’ last two home wins were by two points apiece.
Romero Osby led the Sooners (16-8, 7-5) with 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Sam Grooms had a career-best 18 points.
Providence 71, No. 21 Notre Dame 54
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Kadeem Batts scored 20 points and Vincent Council had 11 assists to become Providence’s career leader.
Bryce Cotton, the Big East scoring leader, had 19 points and LaDontae Henton 13 for the Friars (14-11, 6-7). Providence has won four straight, including a victory over then-No. 17 Cincinnati on Feb. 6.
Council also had 11 rebounds and seven points. His 671 assists surpassed the 662 of Ernie DiGregorio from 1970-73. Council needs two assists to match the Big East record of 426 set by Syracuse’s Sherman Douglas from 1985-89..
Jack Cooley led Notre Dame (20-6, 8-5) with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
No. 24 Colorado St. 89, Air Force 86
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Dorian Green scored 22 points to help Colorado State get its sixth straight win.
The Rams led 82-72 with 1:05 remaining, but the Falcons pulled within four twice in the final minute. Michael Lyons hit a 3-pointer for Air Force with 2 seconds left, but Colorado State inbounded the ball without incident to close the game.
The Rams (21-4, 8-2 Mountain West) have won eight of nine and dropped the Falcons to 11-2 at Clune Arena.
Tennessee 88, No. 25 Kentucky 58
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Trae Golden had 24 points and eight assists as Tennessee got its most lopsided win in the 216-game history of this series.
Kentucky (17-8, 8-4 Southeastern Conference) was playing its first game without star center Nerlens Noel, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Tuesday during a loss to No. 7 Florida.
The Wildcats looked like a completely different team without him.
Jordan McRae scored 15 points and Kenny Hall had 12 points as Tennessee (14-10, 6-6) shot 58 percent and won its third straight game. Jarnell Stokes had nine points and nine rebounds, ending his string of six consecutive double-doubles.
Kyle Wiltjer scored 18 points, Julius Mays had 12 points and Jarrod Polson had a career-high 11 for Kentucky. Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress and Ryan Harrow all fouled out.